January 4, 2018

In This Issue

TMS Looks Back at 2017

Happy New Year to our members and friends around the world!

As we enter the new year, TMS looks back on some of the highlights of 2017 and all of the achievements that were made possible by the work of our member volunteers, who ensure the strength and vibrancy of our society, both now and in the future.

One of our largest projects as a society this year was the launch of the all-new TMS website. As a way of continuing to familiarize you with its structure and content, we have divided the annual review that follows into the categories found on our new site.

Thank you for helping to make 2017 a success, and we look forward to sharing more accomplishments with you in the coming year. 

Here's to a productive and rewarding 2018!

2017 Membership Highlights

While final membership numbers and member demographic information are still being tallied for 2017, there are a few trends that recur in TMS membership year after year. For one thing, while based in the United States, the society typically draws more than 40% of its members from a variety of international locations. Also, our membership generally brings together a mix of professionals working in industry, academia, and government.

In 2017, we conducted a survey to ask these members how they viewed us. The survey consisted of a single question: In one word, how would you describe TMS?

While the number of different words we received covered a lot of territory, there were several recurring terms: connected, professional, influential. The kinds of solid, career-oriented words you would hope to hear from the members of a professional organization. But more personal terms regularly emerged, too: community, friendly, even family.

The overall results of the survey are summarized in the graphic accompanying this story—a word cloud that offers a snapshot of TMS membership built from our members’ words.

Learn more about becoming a TMS member or accessing your TMS member benefits.
2017 Meetings & Events Highlights

With a total of 4,642 attendees, the TMS 2017 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2017) in San Diego, California, was officially the best-attended conference in TMS Annual Meeting history. The meeting featured more than 70 symposia in 11 topic areas and welcomed two co-located conferences planned by TMS and international partners: the 3rd Pan American Materials Congress and Energy Materials 2017. More than 4,100 abstract submissions were received for the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona, March 11-15, indicating that this year’s meeting will likely be another well-attended event. 

With more than 3,200 attendees, Materials Science & Technology 2017 (MS&T17) was also one of the best-attended MS&T conferences. The MS&T technical meeting and exhibition series is organized by TMS and three partner societies—the American Ceramic Society, the Association for Iron & Steel Technology, and ASM International. For 2018, the Metallurgy & Materials Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum will also bring its 57th Annual Conference of Metallurgists (COM 2018) event to MS&T in Columbus, Ohio. Abstracts are now being accepted for MS&T18.

In addition, TMS participated in the following specialty conferences, in which the society had ownership, sponsorship, and/or management interest:
  • Liquid Metal Processing & Casting Conference (LMPC 2017), September 10–13, 2017, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • 18th International Conference on Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Systems – Water Reactors, August 13–17, 2017, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • 4th World Congress on Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME 2017), May 21–25, 2017, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA
  • Offshore Technology Conference 2017 (OTC 2017), May 1–4, 2017, Houston, Texas, USA
  • OTC Brasil, October 24–26, 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The society also offered opportunities for scientists and engineers to enhance their skills with these stand-alone courses held at various sites throughout the world:
  • TMS Aluminum Cast Shop Science & Technology Course, November 6–10, 2017, London, United Kingdom
  • TMS 2017 Industrial Aluminum Electrolysis Course, October 2–6, 2017, Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 2017 Anode Technology for the Aluminum Industry Course, September 17-22, 2017, Sept-Îles, Québec, Canada
  • TMS Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professional Engineer (PE) Licensing Exam Review Course, August 16–19, 2017, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Control of Potline Scrubber & Fugitive Emissions for Aluminum Smelters Course, May 21–25, 2017, Reykjavík, Iceland
Seven professional development courses and workshops were also held in conjunction with TMS2017, as well as two offered at MS&T17. 

For a look at what we have planned for 2018, view our upcoming meetings and upcoming professional development events calendars.

2017 Publications Highlights

TMS Studies

TMS added to its growing library of technical reports this year with Building a Materials Data Infrastructure: Opening New Pathways to Discovery and Innovation in Science and Engineering. Released at the 4th World Congress on Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME 2017) in May, this newest report convened leading experts in the field to identify and prioritize the challenges of harnessing vast amounts of data generated from experimental and computational tools, while also providing actionable recommendations for addressing them. This study was conducted by TMS on behalf of the U.S. National Science Foundation.

The society also began work on a new report, Harnessing Materials Innovations to Support Next Generation Manufacturing Technologies, organized by TMS, on behalf of the Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight (MForesight). More than 40 leading experts and stakeholders in the materials-related manufacturing community convened in October 2017 to forecast and brainstorm key opportunities and related technologies supporting the next wave of U.S. manufacturing. The ideas generated by this workshop will be documented in the report, set to be released by TMS in March 2018. 

View all TMS Studies.


In journal news, the Impact Factors (IF) for TMS’s four long-established journals all enjoyed healthy increases, according to the 2016 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2017). IF is based on the number of citations of a journal’s materials divided by the number of citable materials published by that journal. What follows are the 2016 IF numbers for TMS journals (with the 2015 IF in parentheses):
  • JOM: 1.860 (1.798)
  • Journal of Electronic Materials: 1.579 (1.491)
  • Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: 1.874 (1.749)
  • Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B: 1.642 (1.474)
Read Journals.

TMS Bookstore

One-stop, searchable access to nearly 300 TMS titles in up to five different formats makes the online TMS Bookstore, launched in 2017, a valuable resource to those seeking important research and technical contributions that span TMS’s publishing history.

The TMS Bookstore features the most current TMS titles, while also providing access to archival work that was previously difficult to find. Users can search by keyword, author or year, and each set of search results offers a choice of formats that includes hardcover, softcover, CD-ROM, e-book, and individual papers. 

TMS members receive a 40% discount on all TMS proceedings published with Springer, and are also eligible for a 20% discount on TMS non-proceedings titles published with Springer, as well as all other Springer products. To access the discount codes, log in to the TMS Bookstore. Discount codes and instructions for entering them during checkout on the Springer website will be visible at the top of the page for logged-in members. This discount does not apply to individual papers or older products not sold by Springer.

Visit the TMS Bookstore.
2017 Outreach Highlights

Outreach takes several forms at TMS, from programs that inspire career exploration in our profession at both the university and high school levels to engaging with government leaders on issues of concern to the science and engineering communities.


By challenging university students to produce their own knife and sword blades by hand hammering or trip hammer forging, the TMS Bladesmithing Competition encourages future minerals, metals, and materials professionals to engage in hands-on metal working that brings the concepts they learn in the classroom to life.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology was awarded the inaugural TMS Wadsworth-Sherby Bladesmithing Grand Prize (a $2,000 award), established by Jeffrey Wadsworth, President and Chief Executive Officer of Battelle, at the 2017 TMS Bladesmithing Competition, held at the TMS 2017 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Second place honors went to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Colorado School of Mines took third place, and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, received an honorable mention in the competition. A total of 26 student teams participated in the 2017 TMS Bladesmithing Competition, and videos of each team’s entry can be viewed through the TMS Bladesmithing website.

The next competition is planned for the TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, but competitors will be able to discuss their techniques and learn from their peers at the Bladesmithing 2018 symposium to be held at the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona.

Learn more about Bladesmithing.

Materials Bowl

Each year, TMS mixes the excitement of a game show with the scholarly rigor of an exam at the TMS Materials Bowl, possibly the only place where knowing the right answers to minerals, metals, and materials science and engineering trivia can help students and student chapters win cash.   

In 2017, TMS etched a new name onto the Materials Bowl trophy as the University of North Texas (Denton) won its first Materials Bowl competition at TMS2017. Second place went to the Colorado School of Mines. Both teams competed in a series of elimination rounds with competitors from other schools on Sunday, February 26, before facing off in a final championship round. This marked the 11th year for the TMS Materials Bowl. A 12th installment of the competition is planned at TMS2018. 

Learn more about the Materials Bowl and view past winners.

Materials Explorers™

TMS also began work on a new program, Materials Explorers™, a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational outreach initiative focused on exposing early high school students to real-world application of science and math concepts, while also providing them with useful advice on exploring specific careers in the minerals, metals, and materials professions. The Materials Explorers™ content and program structure is currently under development, with the official launch of the initiative slated to coincide with TMS2018.

Learn more about Materials Explorers™.

Public & Government Affairs

Through in-person visits and select letters to U.S. congressional leaders, TMS, as a society headquartered in the United States, addressed several policy issues of concern for the U.S. science and engineering communities in 2017.

Discouraging funding cuts for scientific research and encouraging fewer barriers to international travel for scientific collaboration were among the topics that 2017 TMS President David DeYoung and TMS Executive Director James J. Robinson discussed with U.S. congressional leaders in April. Over the course of two days, Robinson and DeYoung met with nine congressional leaders or their staff members to discuss these two issues, as well as to offer TMS as a resource to help congressional leaders connect with scientific experts who can help inform them in developing legislation and making science policy decisions.

As a follow up to the visits, TMS issued a message to U.S. President Donald Trump, describing the value of international scientific collaboration, the historical contributions of immigrants to the U.S. science and technology enterprise, and the importance of scientists being able to travel into and out of the United States. 

This was one of five letters that the society issued or signed on to throughout the year to various U.S. governmental leaders. In addition to the issues mentioned above, these letters urged leaders to restore proposed cuts to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Science Foundation. Regarding the proposed year-end tax reform legislation, TMS wrote to express serious concern that a provision in the House’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 would detrimentally impact graduate students pursuing materials science and engineering degrees. When the proposed House and Senate bills were reconciled, this provision was dropped from the final tax reform bill. 

Read the letters and learn more about current issues of concern to our community
2017 TMS Foundation Highlights

TMS is still tallying the results of the 2017 Annual Appeal campaign for the TMS Foundation (which ended December 31), but we thank all of you who have donated in the past year and contributed to the ongoing revitalization of the TMS Foundation. 

In 2017, the Foundation continued to fund its traditional scholarships and leadership development programs for young professionals. Thanks to generous contributions, the Foundation was able to provide:
  • 9 Young Leaders Professional Development awards to help early-career professionals attend the TMS 2017 Annual Meeting & Exhibition and participate in high-level meetings of the society’s leadership
  • 8 Emerging Leaders Alliance scholarships to allow young professionals to attend the 2017 Emerging Leaders Alliance leadership training conference
  • 12 academic scholarships to assist students financially in achieving their academic goals
  • 31 travel grants to help students offset the costs of attending annual conferences like TMS2017 and MS&T17
  • 2 Early Career Faculty Fellow awards, which support young academic professionals
  • 2 International Scholar opportunities, which allowed young professionals to attend and present research at the Japan Institute of Metals (JIM) Annual Spring Meeting and EUROMAT
  • 2 Diversity Awards: the Ellen Swallow Richards Diversity Award and the Frank Crossley Diversity Award
For donors, the TMS Foundation introduced two new groups to encourage more members to participate in Foundation giving: the 1871 Legacy Circle, a new honorific society for planned giving, and the 40/40 Club, an annual club for TMS members aged 40 and under who donate $40 or more to the Foundation. 

Learn more about TMS Foundation programs and contribution options.